An original pair of British Military 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition and clearly dated 1964.
This pattern of shorts came into issue with British forces at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'.
The shorts are made from the standard khaki tan coloured cotton drill and feature slash pockets to each hip and twin rear pockets. As well as this they have a twin pleated front. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with non standard chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes.
Inside the shorts retain their original maker's label which is bright and legible and states the size as 9 and the year of manufacture as 1964. The maker's name of F. Fryer & Co Ltd' is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking.
Due to the style of the waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. They will suit around a 30" waist depending on desired fit and when fastened they measure -
Waist - 15 1/4"
Rise - 16 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 6"
Outside leg - 19 1/2"
Cuff - 13 1/2"
The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have been starched which gives them a smart and slightly stiff appearance, although this can be washed out. Overall the shorts are very wearable but please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are pre-owned vintage shorts which may have small issues commensurate with age.
All in all a nice pair of original 1950 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any collection or summer wardrobe.
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